[Andrew Bowlby | WOUB]

A big second inning propels Ohio in its 13-3 win over Ball State

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – A windy afternoon didn’t prove to be a problem for Ohio (17-14, 8-2 MAC), who lit up at the plate, in its 13-3 win against Ball State (16-14, 6-3 MAC). 

The Bobcats bats came alive in the second inning. Shelby Wrestler started what would be an 8-run inning for them with a hit that brought home Emma Hoffner. Hoffner hit a triple later in the inning that brought in three runners and was just short of a home run. 

“I think the second inning with the eight runs is about executing our jobs at the plate,” head coach Jenna Hall said. “Each individual hitter has a plan and is making sure we stick to it, not trying to do too much.”

Skipp Miller pitched all five innings for the Bobcats and allowed three runs on four hits. 

Ball State found the scoreboard in the top of the third inning with a 3-run home run from McKayla Timmons, but that was all it could get going.

The Bobcats scored five runs in the third inning and continued to be unstoppable. A key piece was Yasmine Logan who had a grand slam in the fourth inning to extend the Bobcats lead, 12-3. Logan finished with 6 RBI’s in the victory. 

“Up at the plate we just trusted ourselves,” Logan said. “Two out rallies are the best and we really just kept hitting the ball.”

Ohio extended its win streak to seven games and will look to carry momentum into its doubleheader Sunday at 12 p.m.

“I think we are in a really high belief time,” Hall said. “Just really looking forward to us staying consistent and showing up tomorrow with that same desire to win.”